Sharmili Mallick

Baripada: The Baripada Town Police in swift action rescued a four-day old girl within hours after she was allegedly stolen from PRM Medical College & Hospital in the town. Police have also arrested two women on charges of abducting the newborn baby.

Police said one of them belongs to Sahadevkhunta area in Balasore district while the other woman has been identified as a resident of Chandua area in Mayurbhanj district.

As per reports, a woman, Raimani Tudu had given birth to a baby girl four days back in the PRM Medical College & Hospital. Yesterday evening, an unknown woman started speaking to Raimani and requested to hold the baby in her lap but she initially refused as newborn was sleeping.

However, when the woman repeatedly appealed her to hold the baby, she agreed and gave the newborn to her. The woman in the meantime took the baby outside the ward and disappeared.

When Raimani and her family members released that their newborn is missing, the parents alerted the hospital administration and later the Baripada Town Police was informed about the incident.

Swinging into action, the town police formed a team comprising of civil squad and police officers. They conducted raids at several locations and rescued the newborn from Bagdiha area in Mayurbhanj district. They also arrested the two women from the spot, added reports.

"We investigated the CCTV cameras installed in and around the hospital but could not trace the woman who took the baby. Following an input from a reliable source, we conducted raids in Bagdiha area and rescued the baby. We have handed over the newborn to her parents and arrested two women on charges of abducting the child," informed the Inspector-in-charge (IIC) of Baripada Town Police Station, Birendra Senapati.

We are questioning them regarding their motive behind the crime and a case has been registered against them. Further investigation is underway, added Senapati.

(Edited By Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)